The Obama Administration's FCC today moved to impose so-called "net neutrality" regulations giving government bureaucrats control of the Internet. Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) and Republicans immediately pledged to fight to reverse these reckless, jobs-killing rules. From USA Today:
Incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, echoed other Republicans in calling the rules unnecessary regulation that 'will hurt our economy, stifle private-sector job creation, and undermine the entrepreneurship and innovation of Internet-related American employers.'
'The American people are asking 'Where are the jobs?,'' Boehner said. 'They aren't asking for yet another government takeover that imposes more job-killing federal regulations and puts bureaucrats in charge of the Internet.'
As the New York Times points out, the FCC doesn't necessarily have "the legal authority to adopt the network neutrality rules…" And yet the Democrat-run commission moved forward anyway, doing an end-run around Congress and undermining our economy.
In the Pledge to America, Republicans promised to work to require Congressional approval for all major federal regulations. And according to Politico, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) – incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee – indicated that he "plans to bring all five commissioners before the panel to discuss net neutrality at 'the first hearing out of the box' next year."
America can't afford more jobs-killing government takeovers. We need to keep the Internet free and we need to keep up the fight against those determined to run it from Washington, DC. If you haven't already, please sign our petition or join us on Facebook, and tell Washington: "hands off the web!"
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